Do you want to learn how to be more productive during your workday? Here are tips and tricks catered specifically to YOU based on your personality type! If you don’t know your personality type yet, take the test for free here! https://www.16personalities.com/
If you want to know why knowing your personality type is beneficial for you, read our last blog about it here! https://www.alloy26.com/post/what-is-your-personality-type
Now scroll to find your personality type below and discover what tips and tricks will help you with your work productivity!
ESTJ (The Executive) – People with this personality type possess great fortitude, emphatically following their own sensible judgment. They often serve as a stabilizing force among others, able to offer solid direction amid adversity.
How to be more productive if ESTJ (The Executive)
- Make sure you have a good work-life balance “You may find it difficult to relax… It’s crucial for your mental health, but productivity as well” (Clockify)
- Eat the frog technique - Do the most difficult (or boring) thing in the morning.
“Then, move on to more creative or more interesting tasks. This way, you will be more relaxed and more productive the rest of the day”(Clockify).
- Keep a to-do list
- Turn on airplane mode on your phone
- Write down your to-do list on a piece of paper then cross it off as you finish!
- Keep workspace tidy
- Listen to classical music!
- Try solving problems with a new perspective – be open-minded
ENTJ (The Commander) –They are decisive people who love momentum and accomplishment. They gather information to construct their creative visions but rarely hesitate for long before acting on them.
How to be more productive if ENTJ (The Commander)
- Parse your larger tasks into smaller more manageable ones
- Try listening to music while working; find the right playlist
- Communicate with your colleagues
“Commanders find it easy to follow their routine and organize all their tasks…when working in a team, all team members have a great opportunity to learn from each other. Then, once you’re alone, you can reflect on what you’ve learned and put all the pieces together… Sometimes, you’ll fail to notice an important fact or an issue, but your colleague might detect it.” (Clockify)
- Track Time- Use a time tracking app that doesn’t interrupt your workflow and can help you see where your time goes and if there’s anything you can do to improve it
- Find a routine – routines help commanders be more efficient and help them avoid DECISION FATIGUE
- Set short and long-term goals – you need to have the bigger picture in mind to function optimally, but you also need smaller goals along the way to help you get there
ESFJ (The Consul) –They are attentive and people-focused, and they enjoy taking part in their social community. Their achievements are guided by decisive values, and they willingly offer guidance to others.
How to be more productive if ESFJ (The Consul)
- Make your to-do list the night before
- Prioritize – choose up to 3 tasks you NEED to get DONE; only complete other tasks once top 3 priority items have been completed
- Ask for feedback – it will help you!
- Reflect on your work experiences – where can you improve? Time tracking apps may help you see this.
- Set deadlines for yourself – “Plan out and give deadlines to all tasks, not just work-related ones (yes, especially those you don’t want to do” (Clockify).
ENFJ (The Protagonist) – These warm, forthright types love helping others, and they tend to have strong ideas and values. They back their perspective with the creative energy to achieve their goals.
How to be more productive if ENFJ (The Protagonist)
- Keep a notebook nearby – it will help you stay organized and on schedule with tasks
- Keep consistent – it’s key!
- Try caffeinating!
- Plan your complex tasks ahead; create a to-do list the night prior
“Having my goals written down, as well as being consistent with doing my daily tasks and processes, which is the hardest part. I tend to experiment with weird solutions to not get bored.”
- Complete complicated tasks at the beginning of the day!
- Prioritize based on importance and urgency –
“Do the important and urgent ones, delegate the ones that are urgent but can be done by someone else, and schedule important but not urgent ones” (Clockify).
- Learn to say no – saying yes to everything leads to burnout
- Organize your space – cluttered space makes for a cluttered mind
- Take brief breaks – every 60-90mins take a brief break! (medium)
- Find a good work-life balance and make sure you give yourself time to reset and recharge; if your mind is tired you won’t be productive
- Listen to music while working
ISTJ (The Logistician) – These people tend to be reserved yet willful, with a rational outlook on life. They compose their actions carefully and carry them out with methodical purpose.
ISTJ’s are naturally productive, but not at their best when stressed because they crave security and calmness – if you are stressed try the following to be more productive:
- Stop overthinking! Stop analysis-paralysis! Sometimes the best solution is the simplest one!
- Find a calming playlist
- Declutter workspace
- Keep an open mind when it comes to changes - Try to remember that the only constant thing in life is change and try not to stress out about stressing out.
- Take mindfulness breaks – it will keep you focused and calm
- Prioritize the top 3 most important things each day – do these tasks FIRST. If you do more that’s great!
ISFJ (The Defender)– These people tend to be warm and unassuming in their own steady way. They’re efficient and responsible, giving careful attention to practical details in their daily lives.
How to be a more productive defender in the workplace:
- Give yourself credit, don’t downplay yourself and your accomplishments
“Appreciating and respecting yourself will make others appreciate and respect you more. Not to mention their taps on the back will give you wind at the back and do your job even better” (Clockify).
- Have a to-do list and then prioritize 3 tasks every day to complete – others you complete are a bonus! Don’t overwork yourself!
- Track your time!
- Take regular breaks!
INTJ (The Architect) – These thoughtful tacticians love perfecting the details of life, applying creativity and rationality to everything they do. Their inner world is often a private, complex one.
How to be a more productive INTH (Defender) in the workplace:
- Set specific goals
- Architects are great at planning but not as much following through – make to-do lists so you’re forced to cross your plans off as you complete them.
- To avoid procrastination, break bigger projects down into smaller portions to make them more achievable.
- Find new and innovative ways to fix issues and complete tasks
- Stop worrying about potential bad outcomes
- Use pen and paper to manage your tasks
- Use sticky notes!
- Make a 5-minute deal with yourself that you’ll do the dreaded task for 5mins.
“Realistically, you’ll end up doing it for more than 5 minutes, but it’s important to force yourself to start” (Clockify).
- Give yourself a deadline for all tasks
- You’re not the type of person that does something because those around you are – come up with a well-thought routine that works and makes sense FOR YOU!
INFJ (The Advocate) – Their inner vision, personal values, and a quiet, principled version of humanism guide them in all things.
How to be more productive if INFJ(The Advocate)
- Your Planner = Your BFF – write down daily tasks and go through each marking down upon completion
- Be flexible
- When you feel inspiration, catch it, and start momentum!
- Know that inspiration can’t be planned
- Minimize distractions
- When you see yourself losing focus, take a break!
- Set reminders to help you remember what you need to do – if you find yourself forgetting small tasks
- Schedule your time
- Advocate personality types are prone to burning out – find time to recharge and a work-life balance that allows you to.
- Learn to say NO
ESTP (The Entrepreneur) – They tend to be energetic and action-oriented, deftly navigating whatever is in front of them. They love uncovering life's opportunities, whether socializing with others or in more personal pursuits.
How to be more productive if ESTP (The Entrepreneur)
- Put your phone on airplane mode / ignore all the phone calls and messages that aren’t urgent!
- Don’t multi-task – finish tasks one by one
- Block out time or tasks and treat it like an important meeting, no procrastination, or interruptions
- Use a preorganized planner so you can fill in tasks as they come up
- Experiment with different productivity methods
ESFP (Entertainer) – These people love vibrant experiences, engage in life eagerly and take pleasure in discovering the unknown. They can be very social, often encouraging others into shared activities.
How to be more productive if ESFP (The Entertainer):
- Dedicate a day to planning - pick one day in the week where you do all the tasks you don’t want to do
- You have the most focus in the morning so do the hardest tasks first!
- Group similar tasks together to avoid switching from one task to the next and ultimately losing focus
- DON’T MULTI-TASK
- Find out what distracts you and then avoid it – phone notifications, music, talking with coworkers, daydreaming, etc)
ENTP (The Debater) – They tend to be bold and creative, deconstructing and rebuilding ideas with great mental agility. They pursue their goals vigorously despite any resistance they might encounter.
How to be more productive if ENTP (The Debater):
- Prioritize and divide tasks based on importance and urgency
- Delegate what you can
- Spend more time thinking of new ideas/ concepts
- Set clear goals – make all your goals SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, timely
- Every 60-90 mins take a small break by going for a walk, cleaning, or taking a nap!
- Declutter your space!
ENFP (The Campaigner) – These people tend to embrace big ideas and actions that reflect their sense of hope and goodwill toward others. Their vibrant energy can flow in many directions.
Your biggest challenge is staying focused. Here’s how you can improve your focus and, consequently, your productivity as an ENFP (TheCampaigner):
- Create your to-do list the night before
- Regularly take breaks - Take short breaks every 45-60 minutes to keep your mind fresh.
- Be aware of what distracts you the most and avoid it while working
- Get regular sleep, exercise, and eat nutritious food (especially healthy fats and fruit and vegetables such as berries and broccoli) can significantly help your brain focus more easily.
- Group similar tasks together to avoid switching from one task to the next and ultimately losing focus
- Vary your tasks
- When faced with analysis paralysis, break down large tasks into smaller goals
For example, instead of staring at a blank page for hours, expecting to have my first draft, I tell myself: ‘It’s perfectly fine if I spend the day reading references for the blog.’
ISTP (The Virtuoso) – They engage in life with inquisitiveness and personal skill, varying their approach as needed.
How to be more productive if ISTP (The Virtuoso):
- Batch similar tasks together.
“When you switch to a task completely different from the one you were doing before, your brain has to adjust to a different way of thinking and loses some focus in the process. To minimize that, batch similar tasks together and do them one after another” (Clockify).
- Actively listen
- Communicate clearly and pay attention to your nonverbal communication
“You probably don’t like planning, analyzing, and coming up with a strategy, but it’s often necessary. Choose one day every week or two to finish these tasks, so for the rest of the week, you can do something you like more” (Clockify).
- Can you delegate any tasks to someone else?
- You may find it difficult to keep up with long-term goals. If this is true for you try breaking them down into shorter ones that will help you get there!
ISFP (The Adventurer) – They tend to have open minds, approach life, new experiences, and people with grounded warmth. Their ability to stay in the moment helps them uncover exciting potentials.
How to be more productive if ISFP (The Adventurer):
- Make a detailed plan – as detailed as possible
- Take brief breaks to rejuvenate – you get stressed easily so take mindfulness breaks to relax your mind
- Start your workday as early as possible
- Avoid doing non-related work activities before clocking in
- Set goals and track your time
- Break tasks into smaller chunks
INTP- (The Logician) – This personality type can sometimes waste too much time theorizing about and imagining doing something, instead of actually doing it.
How to be more productive if INTP (The Logician):
- Try using the 5 Second Rule
“The moment you think of something you need to do, countdown from 5, and as soon as you reach zero — start doing it. This method alone fixed 90% of issues with procrastination.” (Clockify).
- Eat the frog – do the hardest task first when your mind is fresh, and you have the energy to deal with it
- Can you delegate anything on your to-do list?
- Create a morning routine that’s consistent every day and productive
- Make it a game – create challenges and an award system for when you complete the challenge on time!
- Don’t get caught up in perfectionism – completed tasks are better than ones not started at all!
INFP (The Mediator) - You have big ideas and ambitions, you just need to be a little more practical, so you can achieve everything you’ve dreamed of.
How to be more productive if INFP (The Mediator):
- Learn to prioritize your goals (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.)
“I know you’re idealistic and want to get everything done, but it’s simply not possible. Simple prioritization of tasks will make your life easier.”
- Have a morning routine to get you into work mode!
- When you can’t focus on a task don’t force it!
“Go do something else without guilt-tripping yourself and try again later. In fact, don’t force any activity — you’ll end up hating it and finding it harder and harder to do over time. Pushing yourself to get things done might bring immediate results, but it’s counterproductive in the long run because it wears you out.”
- Create a step-by-step plan for how to get to your goals to accomplish them easier
- To-Do lists are your friend
- Get rid of distractions – put your phone on airplane mode. If there’s something else distracting you, figure out what it is and avoid it while working
- Tidy up working space
- Work thinking of criticism as an opportunity to get better
- Stop taking things personally